Homestead

Twister Fruit Picker

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Easy pickings

This fruit picker blows away any other one we’ve had.

Most fruit pickers use a “hook and basket” which requires you to pull the fruit to remove it from the tree. The problem with this system is fruit that is notoriously difficult to pull. On more than one occasion, the basket detached from the pole and was then stuck in the tree. As a rule, the basket designs are not very good and there’s really no way to definitively attach the basket to the end of the pole so that it WON’T come off.

This one works very differently. It’s like actually having a hand with two 4-inch looped fingers at the end of the pole that grips the fruit (there’s a very ingenious cord system that controls the opening and closing of the jaws of the picker) tightly, but not so tightly that it injures the fruit. This then allows you to twist the fruit until the stem snaps and frees the fruit.

We have avocado and pomegranate trees. These are NOTORIOUSLY difficult to pull using a conventional “hook and pull” basket picker. This picker made short work of picking both of these types of fruits/veggies.

The design is ingenious and works REALLY well.

I have it attached to a 12-foot telescoping pole that I use to change light bulbs. The great thing is that if you already have a pole with a standard threaded end (the same end you might have on a push broom or mop), you can attach this picker easily.

My feeling is that if you wanted to use a longer pole (say 20 feet) the picking might be a 2 person job which has nothing to do with the picker and everything to do with “targeting” a piece of fruit with a 20 foot pole.

Compared to the other fruit pickers I’ve tried, the design, durability, and ease of use can’t be matched.

Pros:

  • Picks even difficult to remove fruit/vegetable varieties.
  • Ease of use
  • Ingenious Design
    Cons:

  • Cost
  • You have to bring your own pole
  • Set up is a little tricky but well documented
-- Fred Raimondi 02/17/15